Teenage Boy Arrested in the Tyre Compartment of a Plane at Lagos Airport

February 2, 2015 8:05 am

There was an incident of security breach at the private general
terminal, Execujet, on Sunday, when a teenager, Samuel Ogundeyi,
suspected to be a stowaway was arrested in the tyre compartment of an
aircraft, Punch reports.

The aircraft was parked in the hangar of Execujet terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport .

A reliable source within the private terminal, who refused to have his
name in print, said the teenager was discovered at about 12 noon when
pilots of the aircraft marked M-MYNA, were carrying out a routine
inspection on the aircraft before starting the engine.The commanding pilot of the aircraft was said to have detected the boy in the tyre compartment of the aircraft.

The suspect also had in his possession two handsets without sim cards which he claimed were his.

In his confessional statement, the suspect claimed he had entered the
hangar through the facility of the Headquarters, Air Defence Corps of
the Nigerian Air Force located next to the Presidential/ VIP Lounge in
the airport, on Saturday night with the help of a person he identified
only as “a brother.”

The boy, who spoke in Yoruba and pidgin English languages, said he was
able to cross the L18 runway over to ExecuJet facility located in the
international wing of the airport, a distance of about one kilometre, at
night when he noticed there was no flight landing or taking off on the
runway.

The aircraft operated by Tag Aviation was said to have flown in a former
Minister of Petroleum, Chief Dan Etete, into Lagos airport on Saturday
night and parked at the private hangar, where it was expected to take
off on Sunday afternoon before the incident happened.

All efforts by our correspondent to get the spokespersons for the
Nigerian Air Force, Federal Airports Authority of to comment on
the incident proved abortive as calls made to their mobile telephones
were not going through.

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